Straight Bar Shoe Delivers New Challenge

For this year’s Summit Mail-In Exercise, the goal is to test your skills with a practical shoe with applications for any footcare practice



A perception among some people about competition shoes is that there seldom is a practical use for certain shoes on this list. Take a roadster hind for example. Yes, I agree very few farriers we come across in the United States will ever find a need to nail one on a foot. But it is the lessons learned during the process of making that shoe that transfer to the farrier’s everyday work.

So for the fourth annual Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise, sponsored by VICTORY, I wanted to offer a shoe that would have plenty of lessons, as well as a practical use. Some may think that this is an easy exercise. However, there are plenty of challenges in this shoe, especially with the toe.

If you start this shoe in September and struggle, hang tight. We’ll do a Facebook Live session in mid-October. Keep tuned to this on the Facebook pages of American Farriers Journal and World Championship Blacksmiths.

More On The Shoe

The Judging Criteria

Here are some of the shoe’s aspects that we are going to focus on as judges, in order of importance:

  • Nails down the
    center of the stock.
  • No nail behind the widest part of the shoe.
  • Nail fit.
  • Width of shoe.
  • Width of bar (that it fits into the Golden…
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Craig trnka

Craig Trnka

Craig Trnka, CJF, is the founder of the World Championship Blacksmiths, a past president of the American Farrier’s Association and a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame.

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